The ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center released its 2016 list of top 10 toxins veterinary hospitals saw in their patients. The top 2 are very common and are often used by humans. Do you have a guess??
Number 1 was human prescriptions: heart medications, antidepressants and ADHD medications being most prevalent. Number 2 was Ibuprofen!
While it's true that some medications that people take can also be prescribed for pets, there are a lot of medications made specifically for people that we pets need to avoid. It is so important for our people to ask a vet before giving us any medicine that wasn't prescribed for us. More often though, we get these medicines by accident. Here are a couple things my Mom does to be sure I only get my medicines.
*Never keep pet and human medicines in the same place. Some pills look the same and it's so easy to grab the wrong bottle. (Especially before my people have their coffee!)
*Remember to take medicines immediately after getting them from the bottle. Pills left on the counter can sometimes fall to the floor and in my world everything is a treat. I promise I'll find it before Mom does!
*Mom also watches the kids to be sure they take their medicines and not hide them someplace that I can find them. It's important to do even with vitamins!
*Keep bottles up high. Left unattended we pets can get into things. It's best if we can't reach any medicines.
*Keep a log of when pets are given their medicines. Mom and Dad seem very busy and this helps to prevent miscommunications and keep overdoses (or missed meds) from causing problems. This was number 4 on the Poison Controls List!
*Don't ever give pets Ibuprofen. It can cause serious problems for us even in low doses. Vets have pain medicines that can help make us feel better and avoid the bad side effects.
* Missed a dose? Can't remember if you gave a dose? Accidentally gave too much? Check with the vet to see what you should do. Some medicines can be tricky so it's best to check.
*Don't give me medicine that was prescribed for my pet sibling. Medicines are dosed
carefully based upon weight and reasons for use. It's important to give me medicines that are prescribed specifically for me!
*Read the directions carefully. Mom hides my medicine in a little piece of cheese but some drugs can't be given with dairy products.
*Give all the medicine prescribed unless specifically told not to. Some medicines have a cumulative effect meaning if you stop the med before the entire prescription is gone it won't work the way the doctor wants it to. Some medicines can be dangerous to stop without tapering them off. Both of these situations can mean longer sick time for us, more vet trips and can sometimes lead to bacteria that's resistant! No one wants that to happen!
When used appropriately, medicines can be an important part of keeping your 4-legged family members happy and healthy.
Love and licks -
I'm Kona, a 2 year old Rottweiler. I love to run, play and give kisses....alot of licks means alot of kisses! Mom has worked at Stone House for almost 12 years and was just waiting for the perfect dog and I'M IT!! I also have a cat brother and 3 people siblings. I love them all (but the cat won't believe me!)